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Haverhill

October 16, 2013

Covanta says it will address trash concerns

Will redouble efforts to keep roads clean around plant

HAVERHILL — A Covanta official said the company will “double its efforts” to clean roads near its Ward Hill plant in response to complaints it has done a poor job picking up debris that falls off trash trucks headed to the facility.

But Ken Nydam, the facility’s business manager, said Covanta officials were disappointed City Councilor William Macek put the matter up for discussion at last night’s council meeting meeting and talked to The Eagle-Tribune about his concerns without first contacting the company.

“We wish the city’s DPW or the city councilor would have contacted us regarding their concerns,” said Nydam, noting the company is one of the biggest taxpayers in the city. “We are always available to discuss concerns and we strive to be a good neighbor.”

Macek said he put the matter on the council’s agenda because he wanted to discuss it with the full council, not as one councilor. He said he also wanted the council to send a formal letter to Covanta asking the company to keep its promise to keep roads near the plant clean.

Macek said Covanta agreed to monitor and clean access roads to the facility on daily basis when it opened in Ward Hill 24 years ago. He said the company had been doing a good job for many years, but has slipped recently.

The plant is at the end of the Ward Hill Connector road close to Interstate 495.

“I have received many phone calls and emails today that this is the reality over there,” Macek said, “that it’s messy and has become a debris field over there. I didn’t bring it up to embarrass anyone because Covanta is a good business and they are good neighbors. But the connector road is right off 495 and it’s a main entrance to Haverhill. It’s not good when people see it littered with trash and debris.”

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